ASSASSINATION OF JFK: 50 YEARS ON

Friday 22 November 2013, 17:07

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BBC News reports the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F.Kennedy

 

Friday November 22nd marks 50 years to the day since the former President of the United States, John F. Kennedy was assassinated whilst riding an open car in a motorcade during a visit to Dallas, Texas. A ten month investigation concluded that Kennedy was assassinated by sniper Lee Harvey Oswald, a former U.S Marine who defected to the Soviet Union in 1959. Despite initial support for this conclusion, the past 50 years has seen an increasing number of people believe that the President had been killed as part of a conspiracy.

 

In 1991, almost 30 years after Kennedy’s assassination, Arena made the film ‘Texas Saturday Night’ presented by Texas Country singer Kinky Friedman. On a quest into the heart of Texas, Kinky searches for what makes the state different from anywhere else in the world. During the course of the film he visits Dealey Plaza, the location of Kennedy’s assassination, on a hunt for a memorial to JFK.  The plaza is littered with memorials but Kennedy’s proves hard to find, prompting Kinky to question “maybe it never really happened?....”

 

 

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Country singer Kinky Friedman gives us a tour of Dealey Plaza in Texas

Arena: Texas Saturday Night 1991, Directed by Anthony Wall, Executive Producer - Nigel Finch

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